GM Hires German Supplier to Build Electric Vans
July 15, 2021—General Motors has hired a German parts supplier to build its new electric van fleet for BrightDrop, the company's commercial van and software business.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the decision will keep BrightDrop on schedule to deliver an initial order to FedEx, its first customer. GM spokesman David Barnas said initial production will be "low-volume" and mainly just to keep up with market demand.
“The interest we’re receiving is significant,” BrightDrop CEO Travis Katz said in a statement. “We are working alongside Kuka for initial low-volume production to keep up with market demand and remain on track to deliver our first EV600 order later this year."
GM plans to build its EV600 vans at its Ontario facility starting in late 2022.